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Post-Baccalaureate Program


Interested in becoming a coach?

Coaching is an incredibly rewarding career that can be done on either a part-time or full-time basis. Neumann University and the HabitChange Company have partnered to offer unique professional coaching courses, all designed to train and support you in helping people and organizations make powerful positive changes and achieve their maximum potential.


Faculty Member: Christine Coward, MSW, PCC

Program Graduate: Robin Otto

Each course gives the student new and applicable skills to use right away in their own lives and with coaching clients. Each HabitChange Coach course utilizes a values-based approach to coaching along with experientially based teaching and learning models consistent with programs for adult learners at Neumann University.


What is Coaching?

Coaching has been listed in several publications as “one the top 10 recession proof jobs of the decade,” including by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Coaching is a profession of partnering with clients in thought - provoking and creative processes that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, according to the ICF. Among the many benefits of being a certified coach are flexibility and access. Coaching can be in-person or phone based work, allowing the coach to work with people all over the world—including during times of travel. Coaching can be an extremely rewarding career in that coaches have opportunities to assist others in their personal and professional lives and positively impact individuals, groups, and organizations.


Career Opportunities

Professional coaches have found successful careers with corporate employees, career-changers, hospital patients, and many other individuals and groups from varied disciplines, on a contracted basis. The most successful coaches offer an effective blend of academic depth and professional experiences and appropriate credentials, including academic degrees and demonstrated key competencies like self awareness, compassion, responsiveness and flexibility to client’s needs. Effective coaches are also self-directed life-long learners who continually seek knowledge to grow personally and professional.



COACH 526: HabitChange Coach Fundamentals
This course is focused on the student’s personal development as s/he learns how to coach.  This class concludes with an oral and written mini-exam.  Components of the class will include mindfulness & eight integrated habit areas, personal life planning, personal values, defining coaching, personal ethics, overcoming psychological barriers, self management, and branding you as a coach.  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to confidently coach clients and begin a part-time or full-time career in coaching.

Upon successful completion of this program participants will be able to demonstrate skills in coaching, including the ability to:


  • Define and distinguish Coaching as a profession, from other helping professions

  • Create the coach-client alliance

  • Use mindfulness to effectively raise awareness across 8 life practices

  • Explore personal thoughts, beliefs, and values and how they affect coaching 

  • Act according to guiding ethical principles, including individual, community and global responsibility

  • Apply a spiritually-based approach to serve others 

  • Use effective listening skills to deepen client awareness

  • Facilitate learning for results, help clients break through change barriers

  • Use supportive methods of holding clients accountable for making change

  • Access and use intuition to maximize client experience

  • Implement key skills used in coaching and use positive psychology techniques in coaching.

Requirements:  Participants must hold a minimum of an undergraduate degree.

Class size:  Class size is limited and based on a first-come-first served basis, upon meeting the program criteria.


Students who successfully complete Coach 526 receive a Certificate of Completion in HabitChange Coach Fundamentals


COACH 527:  HabitChange Associate Coach
This course furthers the student coach’s skills in coaching competencies while training the student in HabitChange coaching. Students go through a proprietary process of assessing emotional, physical, and spiritual health across eight integrated life practice areas: resilience, nutrition, exercise, spirituality, learning, friendship, sleep, and simplicity. Students develop a personalized Life Plan for themselves while learning to use this model with clients. This is the same process used by the HabitChange Company to help clients internationally create and sustain behavior change to maximize personal health and wellness.

By the end of Course II, students will:

• Develop a personal Life Plan and learn how to use with clients

• Learn how to use the Small Step™ process in life planning

• Have looked honestly and deeply at their lives across the following life practices:
Resilience, Nutrition, Exercise, Spirituality, Learning, Friendship, Sleep, and Simplicity

• Help clients use mindfulness as a way to increase their awareness

• Learn how to use coaching as an adjunct professional service to help clients manage various health issues

• Complete an additional 42 hours of coach training


Pre-Requisite for HabitChange Associate Coach: Successful completion of HabitChange Coach Fundamentals OR completion of an ICF approved foundational coach training program and has coached at least eight different clients over a minimum of six months.  Non - ICF approved training programs may be accepted if they meet comparable training standards.


Students who successfully complete Coach 526 and Coach 527 receive the designation of HabitChange Associate Coach.

COACH 528: Coach Residency 
Prerequisites: Completion of a Foundational ICF Coach Training Program (30 hours training minimum) and coached at least 8 clients over minimum of 6 months.

* Completion of a non-ICF approved coach training program will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will depend on its adherence to comparable training standards.

Coach Residency is designed to further the coach’s development and support coaches in their effort to make a global impact. During this residency, coaches will coach in an organization, receive group supervision, do case presentations, and volunteer at their local ICF chapter.  Students will read and discuss articles on current events that impact coaching best practices.  This residency will provide students with 42 hours of coach training which can count towards coach certification.  Students who have successfully completed HabitChange Coach Fundamentals, HabitChange Associate Coach, and Coach Residency and who have received the required supervision and mentor coaching will be eligible to apply for ICF credentialing.

By the end of Coach Residency, students will:


  • Complete a coaching residency at a local organization

  • Complete 42 hours of coach training toward the 125 hours required by the ICF

  • Contribute and discuss case presentations on coaching

  • Review and discuss current event articles relevant to coaching

  • Learn how to navigate “sticky situations” in coaching

  • Receive support in further developing their coaching business

Coaches in this residency will:

  • Strengthen and refine their identity as a coach

  • Expand knowledge and awareness in issues relevant for coaches

  • Share and receive ideas and best practices from other professional coaches

  • Receive and give direct feedback on real coaching challenges

  • Create and deliver a workshop designed to showcase their coaching practice

  • Use evidence-based coaching to enhance coaching effectiveness

  • Meet other local professional coaches

  • Develop or expand a mindfulness practice

Students who successfully complete Coach 526, Coach 627 and Coach 528 receive the designation of HabitChange Coach.


HabitChange Coaches meet the academic requirements to become Certified HabitChange Coaches (CHCC).  Additional requirements apply, including having 100 hours of coaching, 2 additional hours of supervision, passing an oral and written examination, and paying an additional fee.  Please contact Christine Coward, VP of Coaching Services at ccoward@thehabitco.com for more information about becoming a Certified HabitChange Coach.



Christine Coward, MSW, PCC
Christine, a master’s level social worker and Professional Certified Coach, is the VP of Coaching Services for Habit Change Company and has been coaching since 2004.  She works with leaders in organizations, helping them leverage their strengths and change their behavior to go from good to great.  She teaches coaching skills for managers in organizations as well as leads workshops in mindfulness to reduce stress and increase happiness.

Sherry L. Read, MS, MBA, CPC, CEC
Sherry, Certified Professional Coach and Certified Executive Coach, has been coaching professionally since 2006, and previously taught with the
International Coach Academy. With a background that straddles the human and process dimensions of business, she brings those pieces together in coaching senior leaders and consulting with organizations on lasting behavioral and system changes.


About HabitChange Company

HabitChange Company developed the Habit Change Process and works from a proven model of how habit change really works and how to sustain positive behavior change.  HabitChange Company’s clients are individuals, businesses, educational institutions, and health care institutions. The company has clients in several locations across the U.S.


The Habit Change Process is a new approach to health and wellness, helping individuals take better control of their health, gain greater vitality, and live longer lives.  Individuals that have participated in the Habit Change Process have experienced significant benefits including:  a healthier body, peace of mind, increased self-confidence, greater vitality, better relationships, and enhanced clarity.


The Habit Change Process has been implemented in businesses targeted at:  increasing productivity, lowering healthcare utilization, reducing absenteeism, retaining employees, improving morale, and increasing employee happiness.  Participants have reported a stronger connection and improved working relationships with other employees that also went through the process.
HabitChange Company uses three major components in the Habit Change Process to create habit change:  assessment, education and mindfulness across eight habit areas, and individual life coaching.


Mindfulness is at the core of the Habit Change Process. Participants are taught how to meditate and use mindfulness to increase self-awareness and subsequently change habits.  This spiritual component of habit change along with a psycho-educational process and coaching helps create a path to inner transformation, which the founders believe is necessary for sustained habit change.


For additional information, please contact the Division of Continuing Adult and Professional Studies by calling 610-558-5629, or via email:CAPS@neumann.edu


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